Political Science or International Relations?
Which should I major in? I am interested in working in foreign policy, but I'm not sure which is the better major to pursue for this. Should I go with the less specific Political Science, so I have a safety net if I don't like foreign policy? Or should I go more specific and really specialize on my preferred topic?? #majors #college-major #political-science #international-affairs #international-relations
International Studies/Relations/Affairs is a really broad field of study, and there are often multiple majors or concentrations under International Studies/Relations. For example, at my school, there are 8 majors under International Studies ranging from International History to Science, Technology, and International Affairs.
Not all schools offer these sub-majors or concentrations for international studies, but international affairs as a major requires you to study a variety of subjects. You will be studying foreign languages, regional histories, economics, and political science as a part of your core requirements. If you want to work for the Department of State and travel the world, having the broader education that International Studies provides is much more useful than Political Science.
After your first few years going through basic core requirements in International Studies, you get to specialize in your preferred topic; this could be technology and policy, or it could be international law. Regardless of what it is, you don't have to go into a foreign policy job with an International Affairs degree. Plenty of my peers have entered jobs in consulting, finance, non-profits, law, and economics. You can also minor in subjects you're interested in. Bottom line: International Affairs is the better major to enter foreign policy.